The article is, in my opinion, scientifically objective and their conclusions make sense. For those of you concerned about the integrity of the Bible as a historical document, their study leaves open the possibility that some of the burial urns were from live child sacrifice. This is the practice chronicled by the Bible and other ancient sources. If you read closely, you'll notice their evidence accounts for 20-50% of the cremated infants being stillborn, miscarriages, or deaths within the first two weeks after birth A high rate of infant mortality was not uncommon in the ancient world.
Researchers examined 348 burial urns to learn that about a fifth of the children were prenatal at death, indicating that young Carthaginian children were cremated and interred in ceremonial urns regardless of cause of death. [...] "The idea of regular infant sacrifice in
is not based on a study of the cremated remains, but on instances of human sacrifice reported by a few ancient chroniclers, inferred from ambiguous Carthaginian inscriptions, and referenced in the Old Testament. Our results show that some children were sacrificed, but they contradict the conclusion that Carthaginians were a brutal bunch who regularly sacrificed their own children." [Jeffrey Schwartz] Carthage